Military children in Europe earn $1,500 scholarships
By STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 6, 2012
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — More than 40 students from military families living in Europe were among this year’s 670 recipients of college scholarships awarded through the Scholarships for Military Children Program.
The $1,500 scholarship prizes were awarded to 44 students in Europe, with one declining because of his appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., according to the official list of scholarship recipients, posted at http://www.militaryscholar.org/.
The Defense Commissary Agency and Fisher House Foundation, which supports military families, team up to offer the scholarships; manufacturers and organizations that do business with the commissary system provide the funding for the scholarships, according to an announcement from the administrators of the program.
Applicants for the 2012 program were required to maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average, participate in voluntary school and community activities, demonstrate leadership qualities and write an essay on “Whose four faces would you place on a 21st century Mount Rushmore type of monument, and why?”
More than 5,000 students applied for the scholarships at commissary locations worldwide, with at least one scholarship awarded at every DeCA location, according to organizers.
The scholarship program, which began in 2000, is open to unmarried dependents, younger than 23, of active-duty personnel, reserve/guard and retired military members or survivors of servicemembers who died while on active duty or of individuals who died while receiving military retirement pay. Details for 2013’s program will be available in December at http://www.militaryscholar.org/.
This year’s scholarship recipients in Europe, according to the Scholarships for Military Children Program, are:
Ankara, Turkey - Julie Hansen
Ansbach, Germany - Danielle Walsh
Aviano, Italy - Joshua Stevens
Bamberg, Germany - Caroline Bentley
Baumholder, Germany - Sydney Giefer
Bitburg, Germany - Sarah Love
Chièvres, Belgium - Dylan DesJardins
Grafenwöhr, Germany - Katharine Cooper and Gabriel Ruiz
Heidelberg, Germany - Marie-Elise Goetzke, Kristina Meeker and Connor Daly
Hohenfels, Germany - Kathleen Butler and John Dillon
Illesheim, Germany - Rose Bertram
Incirlik, Turkey - Chelsea Eckert
Kelley Barracks, Stuttgart, Germany - Kaitlyn Schwartz, Zachary Miller and Heather Hoffman
Lajes Field, Azores - Chandler Bruns
Naples, Italy - Emily Stebbins
Panzer Kaserne, Böblingen, Germany - Emma Murray
Patch Barracks, Stuttgart - Jesse Miller and Sydney Loy
RAF Alconbury, England - Jonathan Lee
RAF Lakenheath, England - Evan Reed and Colin McDonnell
RAF Menwith Hill, England - Jade Thomas
RAF Mildenhall, England - Jared Knupp
Ramstein Air Base, Germany - Carl Lewenhaupt, Kelcie MacKenzie, Austin Marlowe, Holly Lanier, and James Cho ( declined scholarship, attending United States Military Academy)
Robinson Barracks, Stuttgart - Elizabeth Derner
Rota, Spain - Terrence Paris
Schinnen, Netherlands - Ashlee Fowler
Schweinfurt, Germany - Sylina Byron
Sembach, Germany - Nicole Sponaugle
Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany - Edwin Santos
Vicenza, Italy - John Bonney
Vilseck, Germany - Stefanie Powers
Vogelweh, Germany - Ekaterina Tangog
Wiesbaden, Germany - Shelby Wardle